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Don’t trust the under the table bathroom renovator

Always trust a professional to do your bathroom renovation.At Beautiful baths our Installers are often called to  rescue customers who have fallen victim to an underground contractor. In this terrible situation,the so -called  installers (usually doing business from their trucks with a cel phone , without credentials  or a business address  provide their services on a cash-only, no-paperwork basis. While the initial price may seem like a bargain, the stress and additional expenses of a poorly installed job far outweigh any apparent savings.

Paying strictly in cash with no written agreement can pose a number of significant risks to homeowners. According to a recent report prepared for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), these include:The contractor may charge fees for work the homeowner didn’t agree to.
The homeowner has no means to back up his/her claims in court should a dispute arise after the work is completed.
The contractor may not be insured properly, which means his insurance policy might not cover damage to the home – or that of a neighbor.
The contractor may not follow building codes or municipal regulations.
The homeowner will be responsible for paying any additional costs necessary to bring the equipment installation up to the correct standards.
If there is an injury on the job, the homeowner could be held personally liable for medical or rehabilitation costs.

According to OHBA policy and communications manager Norma Kimmins in the Hamilton Spectator, January 18, 2011, “The consequences of paying cash under-the-table can be dire for homeowners. Consumers often do not have any legal recourse and could be subject to significant liability if an accident happens within the home. Illegal renovations introduce health and safety risks to construction workers and the homeowners who hire them.”

HIRING THE BEST CONTRACTOR FOR THE JOB

There are two common reasons why some BATHROOM RENOVATION projects get “out of control”:
•Many home owners accept a BATHROOM RENOVATORS estimate without checking out the BATHROOM RENOVATORS “track record” first. This process involves a few simple steps to determine if the BATHROOM RENOVATOR has both the skills and experience needed and a history of satisfied customers. Making sure that a BATHROOM RENOVATOR r consistently delivers professional results to customers is the best way to avoid hiring someone who “seems like a nice guy” but turns out to be the wrong person for the job. Contact the BBB and ask for references from previously satisfied customers.
BEAUTIFUL-BATHS has a A+ rating and all our BATHROOM INSTALLERS are factory trained.

• Often home owners, hoping to save money, hire non-professionals or a local handy man who offers to do the work without a contract, at a lower price, or to “forget the HST” if paid in cash. Not surprisingly, individuals who operate this way frequently short change customers by delivering shoddy or incomplete work and no warranty. And without a written contract, there’s not much the home owners can do about it. Get everything in writing for your protection and to eliminate miscommunication on the scope of the work to be done.
Avoiding these two mistakes will help you find the right BATHROOM RENOVATOR for your job.

SPRING BATHROOM RENOVATION

Have you like me, been experiencing the winter blahs? Well, spring has officially sprung and we all know what that means – time for our annual spring cleaning. Along with the usual spring cleaning tasks, many homeowners have the responsibility of updating and repairing things around their homes.
As more and more homeowners choose to stay at their current residence rather than purchase a new home, many are looking at various home improvement projects to improve the efficiency of their home as well aesthetics to protect their investment. One of the most visited rooms in a home is the bathroom.
A bathroom renovation is reported to provide the highest return on your investment and with spring around the corner, it is the ideal time to revitalize the look of your bathroom before the summer heat hits and visitors come knocking.
Being motivated to a complete a bathroom remodelling project when it’s so beautiful outside can be a challenge especially when all you really want to do is spend time with friends and family doing the things you love to do after such a drab winter.
Let the bathroom specialists at Beautiful baths remodelling eliminate that burden and help make your bathroom remodelling project a stress free and easy one. We can offer many solutions for your budget and best of all, you can trust beautiful baths to do all the work efficiently and professionally while you are out enjoying Spring with loved ones.
To begin the process simply contact Beautiful baths for a free in home estimate .Our professional bathroom consultants will visit and help you create the bathroom of your dreams on your budget.

HOME SHOWS ARE A GREAT PLACE FOR BATHROOM REMODELING IDEAS.

I love Home shows, I especially love the  ones held in March because  it makes me think Spring is on its way.
I enjoy  seeing and visiting all those different booths filled with professional exhibitors offering all the latest products to help give me ideas of what I can do within my home and of course my limited budget.
Visiting a home show is really a fantastic idea place to visit before you move forward in any bathroom remodeling. It is filled with knowledgeable professionals in all areas of home remodeling and bathroom renovation.
In regards to bathroom remodeling, you be able to see the newest shapes in bathroom basins, designer faucets that make a statement, tiles you’ve only dreamed of and loads of new eco -friendly bathroom products and ideas to save you water and energy.

So go ahead plan your perfect bathroom at the Show. There’s no better place to compare the best products on the market and take advantage of great show specials.The Ideal Home show is coming to the Halifax, Forum March 2-4th . Yours truly will be there so pop by my beautiful baths booth to say hello and let me help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

BATHROOM SINK FAUCETS

If you’re tackling a complete bathroom renovation, faucets seems almost unimportant in the grand scheme of things. But you should put the same thought into choosing your new bathroom sink faucet as you do that marble counter top or vessel sink, including understanding how your sink choices affect your faucet options. If you just want to perk up a tired old bathroom, a new faucet is a great and functional way to do it.
You may be shocked at the price of some bathroom sink faucets, but paying for quality now can save you a lot of future aggravation ,searching and paying for a plumber, or new faucets later. Look for solid-brass construction instead of plated metal, and check the warranty. If you need to pinch pennies, consider a different finish. Polished chrome is one of the most popular finishes because of its timeless color and least expensive price tag.

Bathroom sink faucets come in four basic varieties, based on the configuration of the sink on which they’re mounted: 8 inches, also called widespread; 4 inches; single hole; and wall mount. The first three can be mounted on the sink deck. If your sink has holes for a faucet, measure the span between the centers of the two outermost holes to determine which kind of faucet you need. If you have an under mounted or a vessel sink, you can choose a wall-mount faucet or put a deck-mounted faucet in the vanity counter top.
If you’re remodeling or just updating a tired bathroom, you can avoid busting the budget by keeping the same type of sink or by choosing one that can use the same kind of faucet. This will keep down your plumbing labour costs.

Most of the 8-inch or widespread faucets have three pieces, the tap and the hot and cold handles, which means some 8-inch faucets can fit holes not exactly 8 inches apart.
If the span is 4 inches, a 4-inch faucet is what you need. These usually have a base and come in one solid piece. Another option is a 4-inch mini-widespread — a seeming contradiction in terms — that comes in three pieces, like an 8-inch widespread, but it will fit a smaller bathroom sink with a shorter spread. Again, some of the mini-widespread models can be used with less-than-standard measurements.
Single-hole faucets have one stem and may have a single lever to control the water flow and temperature, or they may have two handles attached to a single spout. Either way, it needs only one hole for installation.
For a vessel sink, you can choose either a wall mount or a deck mount, and drill the appropriate holes in either the wall or the counter, respectively following the manufacturer’s guidelines but remaining flexible when it comes to vessel sinks and their faucets.
Some general rules for a wall-mount faucet .It should have a long enough tap to reach over the sink — ideally with the spout above the center of the bowl — and the tap should have a minimum of 1-inch clearance above the sink rim.

Configuration isn’t the only faucet decision you’ll need to consider. Design variations abound with today’s bathroom sink faucets, providing a great opportunity for coordinating with your other choices. Is your bathroom contemporary, rustic or traditional? As you can see, manufacturers offer products in all of these styles.

Your faucets should match or complement the tub faucets as well as other hardware in your bathroom, such as towel racks, hooks and the toilet paper holder. Choosing from a manufacturer’s design series can take away the guesswork when making your decisions.
If you don’t opt for exact matches between all your plumbing fixtures, stick with the same finish or color. And that brings you to an array of choices, from chrome, to polished or brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, brass, copper or even colors. Whichever you choose, consider how it will look with all your other design choices and pay close attention to the manufacturer’s warranty.
And, finally, like any other remodeling choice, you’ll be living with your bathroom faucet for a long time. So pick one you love.
By Jenny Nash

DIY BATHTUB REFINISHING KITS -PROS AND CONS

DO –IT-YOURSELF BATHTUB REFINISHING KITS

I have heard many horror stories and received many frantic telephone calls from DI-Your-selfers  who purchased a DIY Bathroom  Refinishing kit at their local hard ware store and decided they were up to the doing the job themselves to save some money. All of these jobs went poorly and the Bathtubs were left in a terrible peeling or yellowing state. The end result being that they not only needed a professional to rescue them but the job ended up costing more because now the Bathtub had to be stripped of the coating they put on before .

 

THE PRO’S OF REFINISHING KITS:

To be honest, there are not many points in favour of DIY Bathtub Refinishing, minus the cheap price tag and the fact that you can complete the job yourself in around your own schedule. , if you’re wanting to do the job correctly (and I’m sure you do), it requires a high skill level that the average weekend handyman just doesn’t have.

THE CON’S OF REFINISHING KITS:

  • In order to prepare the surface correctly, it needs be totally clean of all dirt, soap scum, caulking, calcium deposits, and any products that may have built up on the Bath Tubs surfaces from years of using hair and bathing products. The reason I mention this as a con is because it takes hours of scrubbing, using harsh cleaning chemicals, tools and scrubbers, using a straight edge razor, and a lot of patience to truly clean the surface properly.
  • If you purchase a home with a Bathtub that has had a DYI refinishing job you will need to work with a very harsh paint stripper to strip all the finish off in order to clean the Bathtub of all the old paint.
  • The use of harsh chemicals (such as Hydroflouric Acid compounds), fast-drying fibreglass body filler, various solvents and industrial-strength cleaning agents, and application of the Polyurethane topcoats and primers, provide a formidable opponent when the do-it-your -selfer is new to the game.
  • If you were to tackle Bathtub Refinishing yourself, you would need to wear an appropriate breathing apparatus (full face respirator) – one that would allow you to breathe comfortably, as well as be able to move around easily. You should also wear goggles, and rubber gloves.
  • You should be able to mix (and spray) urethane primer according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • You should be able to correctly mix (and spray) the Polyurethane topcoats to supplier specs.

My advice is to hire professional Bath tub technicians such as those employed with Beautiful Baths who use a non-toxic product ,are highly skilled refinishers with many years of experience to get the job done correctly and they offer a factory standard 5 year warranty although, your Refinished Bath Tub should last you at least 10 years.

Choosing the Best Beautiful Bathroom Design for a Small Bathroom Space

According to home improvement-and financing.com experts, most older small bathroom design installations have the obligatory toilet, a small sink and small sized bath tub, however the inconvenient design and installed location of each fixture and fitting usually means that there is no space left over for anything else, not least a shower or larger more family sized sink .

Older bathroom designs often don’t allow for a luxurious bath under the window so that you can gaze out at the stars and you relax and soak in the tub, some are placed well but are the wrong way round with the taps to the exterior view intsead of your head.

A very inconvenient installation is placing the basin directly under the window… no chance of a non-steam mirror there and if you have a small mirror propped up on the window sill – you have the daylight coming in behind it, greatly reducing visibility in the mirror AND cutting out light coming into the room!

The ugliest items on view in older bathrooms are the water boiler and the toilet cistern and getting these out of sight is often a priority in small bathroom design remodeling projects.

Beautiful Baths expert installers can take the stress of Bathroom remodeling  off your minds by working with you to redesign your bathroom taking in consideration functionality,  looks and costs.

Making a small bathroom design into a multi-functional family bathroom means including as many fixtures and fittings as your family requires, while still leaving as much visible floor space as possible – to help give the illusion of space and prevent additional installations from creating a cramped space.

Action Plan and Tips

  • 1. Draw a plan of your bathroom as it is now – (try using graph paper with 1/2″ by 1/2″ grids using these as 6″ by 6″ squares)
  • 2. Draw a plan of the same space with the fittings where you would ideally want them
  • 3. Get a number of estimates for moving any supply and waste systems to see if this new small bathroom design plan suits your budget.
  • Visit as many bathroom show rooms and home improvement shows as possible and talk to the experts there to give you more ideas and also look out for new products and special offers.
  • 4. Re-draw your plan if necessary with the new ideas that match both your dreams and your budget.
  • 5. Locate the right certified, qualified professionals and as well as get references, and written estimates from as many as you can – go and have a look at work that they have recently done, don’t start until you are sure that you have the right contractors who have the experience to see the job through to a quality finish.

The easiest part of a small bathroom design project is the planning, but it is important to take your time and make all the changes before you start the actual work. Give yourself time to discover all of the options available to you that will help make your dream small bathroom design.

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